Online child sexual exploitation likely to rise in the coming years

Internet hotlines, industry and law enforcement doing more now than ever to combat it

16 APRIL 2014, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
Online child sexual exploitation is likely to rise in the coming years, with ever-increasing Internet adoption rates globally and higher levels of demand for new abuse material. To prevent and protect, the unique partnerships between Internet hotlines, industry and law enforcement are delivering more now than ever, as shown in the INHOPE statistics for 2013. Digital citizens need to know where to report illegal content and criminal conduct. This is precisely why the INHOPE network continues to expand.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Today, INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines published its new data set and infographics for the year 2013 showcasing key trends and emerging threats in the distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM).

"INHOPE and its member hotlines in 2013 have seen a sharp 14% increase in the number of illegal content complaints our analysts handle globally, with a dramatic increase, 47%, in the number of confirmed Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) reports", said Russell Chadwick, Executive Director of INHOPE. 

"This material is removed quickly and effectively through close collaboration with industry and law enforcement to prevent further revictimisation while we provide actionable leads to law enforcement. Wherever the safety of children is concerned, it is critical we take action as a community".

As high-speed Internet continues to proliferate around the world and more users are coming online, regrettably there is a significant number of individuals who have an unhealthy sexual interest in children. While industry continues to invest more time and efforts into identifying and removing CSAM, we are likely to see an increase in incidents. 

With the help of the European Commission Safer Internet Programme, INHOPE is staying ahead of the tech curve and will be able to continue its unique work and do a lot more in the coming years with law enforcement and industry, with digital fingerprints of CSAM images and videos.

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"INHOPE and its member hotlines in 2013 have seen a sharp 14% increase in the number of illegal content complaints our analysts handle globally, with a dramatic increase, 47%, in the number of confirmed Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) reports. This material is removed quickly and effectively through close collaboration with industry and law enforcement to prevent further revictimisation while we provide actionable leads to law enforcement. Wherever the safety of children is concerned, it is critical we take action as a community."" Russell Chadwick, INHOPE Executive Director
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About INHOPE

INHOPE is an active, collaborative and influential network of 51 hotlines in 45 countries worldwide, committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the Internet.

INHOPE was founded in 1999 under the European Commission Safer Internet Programme.

INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material including child sexual abuse material they suspect to be illegal.

INHOPE members operate a public hotline to receive complaints about apparent illegal content, they then assess the content in accordance with their national laws and if they consider it to be illegal they trace the material to a hosting country. If the content is illegal in the hosting country then the national Hotline takes steps to have the material ‘taken down’ in consultation with their law enforcement partners.


In the first half of 2014:

170 analysts across the INHOPE network processed 587,674 reports of illegal content.

39,144 reports were assessed to contain unique URLs of child sexual abuse material, a 32% increase compared with the last six months of 2013.

81% child victims were female. 6% child victims were infants.

In Europe, 98% was reported to law enforcement within a day. 91% was removed from the Internet within three days.

Want to know more about the work of INHOPE? 

Visit our website www.inhope.org and download our 2013/14 Annual Report

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